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  • April 24, 2014

    Rising Star: WilmerHale's Patrick J. McLain

    WilmerHale’s Patrick J. McLain is a seasoned international trade attorney whose work for clients in international economic regulation and trade policy matters, anti-dumping proceedings, and customs and export control matters has earned him a spot on Law360's list of top young international trade attorneys.

  • April 24, 2014

    GAO Tosses Heritage Reporting's Protest Over ITC Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied Heritage Reporting Corp.'s protest over a contract for court reporting services at the U.S. International Trade Commission, finding Heritage’s proposal was weak regardless of the agency’s errors, according to a decision made public Thursday.

  • April 24, 2014

    With No Breakthrough At Tokyo Summit, TPP Talks Trudge On

    President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emerged from a Thursday meeting without an agreement to settle bilateral differences in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and told negotiators to continue working through the week to forge progress on issues like agricultural and automotive market access.

  • April 23, 2014

    Qualcomm Could Face SEC Suit Over China Bribes

    Qualcomm Inc. might be slapped with a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action over allegations that it bribed individuals associated with Chinese state-owned companies or agencies, the company disclosed Wednesday in a securities filing.

  • April 23, 2014

    2nd Circ. Revives EU's RICO Suit Against RJR Nabisco

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday revived a European Union suit accusing RJR Nabisco Inc. of running a criminal money-laundering and cigarette-smuggling scheme, saying Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims can apply to foreign groups and misconduct outside the U.S.

  • April 23, 2014

    Pa. Machine Co. Charged With Smuggling Goods To Iran

    A Pennsylvania precision machine manufacturer and its CEO face criminal charges in connection to an alleged conspiracy to export to Iran machinery used to make automobile and aircraft parts in violation of U.S. export regulations, the U.S Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • April 23, 2014

    CIT Nixes Thai Gov't Challenge To Shrimp Subsidy Findings

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday chucked two suits brought by Thailand’s government and several shrimp exporters over an investigation into frozen warmwater shrimp subsidies conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, finding their cases did not pose a live controversy.

  • April 23, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Commerce's Chinese Flooring Duties

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the U.S. Department of Commerce acted within its authority when it issued countervailing duties on a private Chinese wood flooring company based partly on an adverse inference about the conduct of the Chinese government during the investigation.

  • April 23, 2014

    Dems Push SEC To Enact Conflict Minerals Rule

    A group of Democratic federal lawmakers on Tuesday urged the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission to implement a new rule requiring issuers to conduct due diligence and report on the sourcing of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • April 23, 2014

    US Inks $750M Deal With Foreign Gov't For Raytheon Missiles

    A foreign government has signed an agreement with the U.S. for the sale of $750 million worth of Raytheon Co.-supplied tube-launched, optically tracked and wireless-guided missiles, Raytheon announced Wednesday.

  • April 23, 2014

    As Obama Arrives In Japan, USTR Ramps Up TPP Pressure

    With President Barack Obama slated to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, the top U.S. trade official made one last bid for the Asian powerhouse to take an “elevated view” in order to settle issues impeding the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

  • April 23, 2014

    Rising Star: WilmerHale's Naboth Van Den Broek

    WilmerHale's Naboth van den Broek has so many sky miles he should be given a pilot's license, but he'll have to settle for a Law360 Rising Star award, thanks to his repertoire of legal work that spans practice areas as often as it does continents.

  • April 22, 2014

    Nonprofits Urge DC Circ. To Uphold Tougher Meat Label Rules

    A group of nonprofits filed an amicus brief on Monday urging the D.C. Circuit to affirm the order of the district court denying American Meat Institute’s motion for a preliminary injunction to halt enforcement of tougher country-of-origin labeling rules aimed at settling a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico.

  • April 22, 2014

    The Accidental Advocate: Judge John E. Jones III

    Pennsylvania Middle District Judge John E. Jones III talks to Law360 about the surreal aftermath of his divisive ruling against intelligent design as he prepares for yet another potentially explosive trial over Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban.

  • April 22, 2014

    Ex-New Zealand Ambassador Sets Up Shop At Arnold & Porter

    Adding to its international arbitration ranks in Los Angeles, Arnold & Porter LLP has hired a former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, who has broad experience in cross-border commercial disputes, particularly in intellectual property-focused industries, the firm said on Monday.

  • April 22, 2014

    Trade Issues Between US, Japan Persist As Obama Trip Nears

    Ahead of a meeting Thursday between President Barack Obama and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, considerable gaps remain in the American and Japanese positions on trade issues that, if resolved, could pave the way for a broad trade pact among Pacific Rim nations.

  • April 22, 2014

    Rising Star: Sidley Austin's Eric Solovy

    Sidley Austin LLP’s Eric Solovy is currently representing Airbus SAS in one of the largest World Trade Organization disputes ever while simultaneously handling legal matters for small enterprises in Africa on a pro bono basis, landing him a spot on Law360’s list of top five international trade attorneys under 40.

  • April 22, 2014

    State Dept. Greenlights $680M Black Hawk Sale To Mexico

    The U.S. Department of State has approved the possible sale of 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, other equipment and logistical support worth $680 million to the government of Mexico to combat drug trafficking, a U.S. Department of Defense agency said Monday.

  • April 22, 2014

    Commerce's Chinese Garlic Duty Review Challenged In CIT

    A Chinese garlic exporter on Monday sued the U.S. Department of Commerce, challenging in the U.S. Court of International Trade the agency's decision not to consider the company's application for a separate, individual rate under an anti-dumping duty order.

  • April 21, 2014

    Rising Star: Fish & Richardson's Christian Chu

    Fish & Richardson PC attorney Christian Chu in the last year has helped LG Electronics Inc. defeat a pair of patent lawsuits in high-stakes U.S. International Trade Commission litigation, earning him a spot on Law360's list of top international trade lawyers under 40.

Expert Analysis

  • Legal Evolution: Back To Business

    Michael S. Lipps

    More often, smaller rivals are taking market share from the largest law firms. In this context, these smaller rivals are not small — they are super-regional firms with between 201 and 750 attorneys, large enough to serve the needs of a global corporation at a better value. And as they grow, they need to be sure they don’t make the same mistakes as the firms from which they’ve taken market share, says Michael Lipps of LexisNexis.

  • Don't Forget Export Rules When Hiring Foreign Nationals

    James Losey

    The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security's recent $115,000 settlement with Intevac Inc. for violations of the Export Administration Regulations, including allowing certain non-U.S. national employees access to controlled technology, emphasizes the need to assess potential export control requirements when applying for a work visa on behalf of a foreign national employee, say James Losey and Sarah Flannery of Thompson & Hine LLP.

  • ITC On Digital Imports: Takeaways For Software, Media Cos.

    Aarti Shah

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's much-awaited decision in Certain Digital Models confirms that the ITC can provide a powerful remedy for software, publishing and media companies whose intellectual property rights have been violated. However, those wishing to take advantage of this decision should craft their discovery requests carefully, and consider the timing of when they file complaints, says Aarti Shah, a partner with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC and former senior investigative attorney at the ITC.

  • Mandatory Pro Bono Is Not The Answer For Practitioners

     Amanda D. Smith

    The State Bar of California has decided to follow New York's lead and require prospective attorneys to record 50 hours of pro bono service in order to be eligible for admission. While we applaud the intentions behind these initiatives, there are a number of reasons why state bars should limit any mandatory pro bono requirement to this context, rather than extend it to licensed attorneys as some have suggested, say attorneys with the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • 4th Circ. CPSC Ruling Won't Stop Fight For Accurate Reports

    Kerrie Campbell

    The Fourth Circuit’s unsurprising opinion that the district court records in Company Doe v. Tenenbaum be unsealed does not in any way diminish the district court’s groundbreaking order permanently barring the Consumer Product Safety Commission from posting an inaccurate, inflammatory report on its website, and should not deter companies from exercising their right to insist that information published about them be truthful and accurate, says Kerrie Campbell of Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

  • Cross-Border Complexities: Keep The C-Suite Out Of Prison

    Shari L. Pire

    The potential for significant gains makes high-growth markets, such as Russia, Brazil and India, particularly enticing. But at what cost? Business practices that are both acceptable and customary in other countries may violate U.S. and other anti-bribery and corruption laws. However, there are ways to insulate the corporation from liability, says Shari Pire of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

  • Conflict Minerals Law — Will The SEC Take It To The Banc?

    J. Robert Brown Jr.

    Given that the D.C. Circuit struck down a small aspect of the conflict minerals rule on First Amendment grounds, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will have to decide its next step. To the extent that the agency opts to seek en banc review, it will presumably need to give some thought to the possible change in the pool of judges that could result from the suggested consolidation with another case, and the impact of this change on the outcome of a critical issue, says J. Robert Brown Jr. of Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.

  • The Future Of Law Firm PR: The Good, Bad And Ugly

    Paul Webb

    There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.

  • No More Export Licenses For Russia: Tips For Exporters

    Alexandra Lopez-Casero

    Most media coverage about the Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia has focused on the decision to blacklist prominent Russian officials, but the more pressing issue for many U.S. exporters is the significant move by the U.S. government to stop issuing export licenses for dual-use and defense items to Russia, says Alexandra Lopez-Casero of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • How To Manage Compliance Risks In Reshoring Manufacturing

    Gregory Husisian

    By some measures, more than a third of U.S. businesses are planning to reshore manufacturing in the United States. Despite receiving presidential endorsements, however, these efforts to bolster U.S. manufacturing are creating unexpected regulatory issues for U.S. manufacturers. Export controls are chief among them, says Gregory Husisian of Foley & Lardner LLP.